10 Reasons Why Pets Help ADHD.

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Photo by Reanna Evoy.

Pets can have very positive effects on your ADHD symptoms. Author of the bestselling “10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD” Stephanie Moulton Sarkis has Dalmatian dogs and says

Pets, in studies, have been found to lower blood pressure and improve overall quality of life.  Dogs especially help get people exercising – and exercising has been found to be an effective non-medication treatment for ADHD

I asked Untapped Brilliance blog readers to tell me how their pets affect their daily lives.  Most people had either cats or dogs. However, rabbits, guinea pigs and fish were also popular. [Read more…]

12 ADHD Friendly Suggestions to Master Email

Emails are a great way to keep in touch and communicate with people all over the world. Yet, at times the influx of messages can feel distracting, overwhelming and as if email is taking over your whole life!

1) Don’t Check Email All Day

Nothing sabotages productivity more than having your inbox open all day. You find yourself checking it when you are bored, during telephone calls or when you should be starting a deep concentration task.
Instead, have set times of the day where you check your email. For example, you could check it at 9.am, 1pm and 4pm.

Some ADHDers are resistant to this structured email checking idea. They argue that due to the nature of their job, closing their inbox would be impossible. In reality there aren’t many jobs where an open inbox is a requirement. [Read more…]

The ADHD Traveler’s Checklist

I got a great question this week,

“Do you have any helpful info to help the ADD person plan and PACK for a trip? It’s hellish for me.”

Actually, I do!!

Many ADHDers have a love/hate relationship with travel and the holidays. Some love the adventure and novelty; others hate the disruption to their daily routine.

Even ADHDers who love going on trips can find the planning and preparation involved challenging. In order to have an enjoyable, stress free trip with minimal unexpected surprises, some planning and attention to details are helpful.  Since both of those can be tricky when you are living with ADHD, I created a list to help you! [Read more…]

5 Ways ‘Eating a Frog’ Helps Your Productivity

Fun frog

Have you noticed how important the first hour of your workday is? It sets the tone for the rest of your workday in terms of your productivity and mood.

If you check Facebook, chat to co-workers, get busy doing easy but low value tasks, you can trick yourself into believing you are busy. However, by mid-morning you might notice an uneasy feeling sneaking up on you. There is a sense that your day is slipping away, and you still have some important tasks looming.

In contrast, on days when you dive into the most important task first, you feel empowered. When you cross it off your to-do list, you feel a rush of positive emotions, and they can stay with you for the rest of the day.
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ADHD and Don’t Break the Chain!

Motivation is the urge ‘to do’ something. Lots of people with ADHD, find they don’t feel motivated to take action until a deadline is looming.

Then there is a sense of urgency, as they race against the clock. The neurotransmitter dopamine is released so they can focus and prioritize. Everything unrelated to goal is blocked out until the task is completed.

When the project is finish they breathe a sigh of relief, feel victorious and vow never to let that happen again. And really mean it! However, when the next project comes along, getting started is just as difficult.

Creating a deadlines for yourself before the actual deadline sounds like a good way round this, but you know these aren’t a ‘real’ so these personal deadlines don’t provide the same motivation.

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Happiness, Success and ADHD

ADDers can be very hard on themselves and often feel ‘less than’. Instead of acknowledging what you did today and feeling proud, it is really easy to focus on what you didn’t do instead.

This affects your self-esteem and confidence, lowers your physical energy and makes you sad 🙁

A little while ago a client sent me a video because it reminded her of the work we had been doing together.

It is fascinating! [Read more…]

Practicing Assertiveness When You Have ADHD

Early one Sunday morning, I was waiting in line at Montreal’s airport. Despite the early hour, the airport was crowded. The lines at each of the security points were unusually long. People were patiently waiting; however, there was an elderly gentleman who became quite distressed as he realized he was going to miss his flight.

He managed to attract the attention of one of the officials and explain his predicament; however, they just shrugged unhelpfully. Then two younger passengers went to the aid of the older man. They asked each person in the queue ahead of him, ‘Would you mind if he jumps ahead of you to catch his flight?’. Of course no one minded, and the man went quickly through security. [Read more…]

A Simple Tip to Make Your Life Less Complicated

When I was studying psychology, I came across a fascinating study about memory. A group of people who identified themselves as having a good memAHDH Life Hackory were closely studied. After observing them at home and in their workplace, researchers found this group didn’t have a better memory than other people. Instead they had created an environment that supported their memory. For example, if they ran out of milk, they had a visual reminder as a memory prompt so they remembered to buy more milk. [Read more…]

ADHD and PMS

ADHD and PMSPremenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is never pleasant, but when you have ADHD, it can strike louder and harder. During the first half of your cycle, you probably feel ‘normal’, clear headed and productive. Then, as your period gets closer, you begin to feel like Mr. Hyde.

Beside the regular physical symptoms of PMS such as:

Acne

Changes in sleep patterns

Dizziness

Fluid retention

Headaches

Hot flashes

Nausea

Zero energy

Your ADHD symptoms can get much worse, and you can find it difficult to: [Read more…]